Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Law

52 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2014 Last revised: 28 Apr 2015

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Dave Owen

UC Hastings Law

Caroline Noblet

University of Maine - Economics

Date Written: January 29, 2014


This article considers the involvement of environmental law researchers in interdisciplinary research. Using a survey and a series of unstructured interviews, we explore environmental law professors’ level of interest in such research; the extent of their engagement in it; and the inducements and barriers they perceive to such research. We conclude that levels of engagement in such research are probably lower than they ought to be, and we therefore recommend steps that individuals and institutions could take to facilitate more and better interdisciplinary work. More generally, we conclude that some common critiques of interdisciplinary legal research rest on assumptions that are not accurate, at least for the sub-field of environmental law.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary research, environmental law, collaboration

Suggested Citation

Owen, Dave and Noblet, Caroline, Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Law (January 29, 2014). Ecology Law Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2015, Available at SSRN: or

Dave Owen (Contact Author)

UC Hastings Law ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Caroline Noblet

University of Maine - Economics ( email )

Orono, ME 04469
United States

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